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To Compete With Google, Microsoft Makes Skype Group Chats Free

April 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Issie Lapowsky / WIRED

Microsoft is feeling generous. Again.

On Monday, the tech giant announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.

The move is yet another example of Microsoft forgoing immediate revenues in an effort to better compete in the modern world, where so many basic software tools and services are free, subsidized by online advertising or the sale of more specialized tools. In this case, Google has long offered free group video calls through its Hangouts service -- part of the Google+ social network -- and now, Microsoft is following suit.

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